If there are two teams who have established themselves in recent years as being unafraid to take a gamble on players with character issues, it’s the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.
The Cowboys have employed accused domestic abuser Greg Hardy despite the overwhelming negative backlash the team received for his signing.
Hardy lasted only one year with the Cowboys before being cut at the end of the 2015 season.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, have had their own fair share of headaches from Frank Clark. The defensive end faced domestic violence allegations stemming from his time in college, but that didn’t stop Seattle from using its second-round pick on him in 2015. Clark allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face in 2014, although it was eventually pleaded down to disorderly conduct. Clark then compounded matters as a Seahawk when he degraded and belittled a reporter who dared to report on his alleged domestic violence incident.
Clark is still with the team.
Considering how recently these teams employed Hardy and Clark, respectively, perhaps it should come as little surprise that both teams have immediately become linked with a player widely regarded as the NFL’s dirtiest.
According to a report from ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Cowboys and Seahawks have both shown interest in acquiring defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Suh, who was officially released by the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday in an attempt to change the team culture, never quite lived up to the lofty expectations of his exorbitant contract in South Florida.
A former first-round pick of the Detroit Lions, Suh parlayed his initial success into a monstrous six-year contract worth up to $114 million with the Dolphins.
While he was still an effective player, Suh’s production could never justify the type of money he was making.
Suh also has a dubious penchant for extracurricular hits on players’ knees and just generally dirty plays. In fact, he was voted the league’s dirtiest player in 2012 by his peers.
In particular, Suh seems to have an odd fixation with stomping on players with his cleats.
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Despite the interest, Dallas is going to have a difficult time signing Suh.
The Cowboys are barely under the cap, with a meager $1 million in cap space at the time of this publication. While they could cut certain players to clear out some spending money, that would just open up roster holes elsewhere.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, have about $20 million in cap space.
While Suh is still effective, he is 31 years old and no longer the one-man wrecking crew he was in his prime. The Seahawks just let some big-time players, such as Jimmy Graham and Richard Sherman, go for cap savings. Seattle’s roster purge seems to indicate something resembling a youth movement, and Suh may not fit that timeline.
Despite cap issues and age issues, it still shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the Cowboys and Seahawks are the two teams pursuing Suh.
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